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adjunct
something added to something else as helpful or useful, but not essential

S: associate, addition, accessory
bellwether
a leader, and indicator of trends

S: ringleader, initiator
caterwaul
howl, screech, harsh or noisy cry

S: whine, wail, screech
chimerical
absurd, wildly fantastic

S: fanciful, visionary
effete
lacking in wholesome vigor or energy, worn out/ exhausted
fait accompli
an accomplished deed, fact, or action
hidebound
narrow-minded and rigid, stobbornly and unthinkingly conservative

S: intolerant, inflexible
hierarchy
any system of things or people arranged or graded one above another (ex. rank, wealth, class, etc.)
liturgy
reglious service or rite

S: ceremony, observance
mirage
an illusion, without substance
morass
patch of low, soft, wet ground, a swamp
noisome
offensive or disgusting, foul-smelling

S: noxious, vile
oblivious
forgetful, unaware
poltroon
a base coward
proselyte
a convert, a disciple
quasi
resembling but not actually being..

S: kind of, semi-
raillery
good-humored ridicule; teasing

S: banter
ribald
mocking, coarse, vulgar
supine
listless/ lethargic, apathetic or passive
vignette
short description or sketch,

S: thumbnail sketch
aegis
protection; sponsorship
apprise
to inform of/ make aware

S: notify
bibulous
fond of drinking

S: alcoholic
claque
group of people hired to applaud a performer or performance, admirers

S: fan club
deracinate
to pull up by the roots; dislocate

S: eradicate
eleemossynary
charitable
indigenous
native, originating in the country or region where found
lachrymose
given to tears or weeping, mournful
lexicon
dictionary of a language

S: wordbook, glossary
melee
confused struggle

S: brawl, scuffle
microcosm
miniature world or universe
minuscule
ver small, tiny, insignificant
obfuscate
to darken or obscure; to confuse or bewilder
paternalism
treating people in the manner of a father dealing with his children
polarize
to cause concentrate around two conflicting or contrasting positions

S: split, divide, alienate
purview
range, extent, or scope of something
sanguine
ruddy complexion

S: flushed, rosy
solecism
mistake

S: misusage, blunder, faux pas
vassal
person under protection of feudal lord to whom she owes allegiance, a servant

S: menial, minion, servile
verisimilitude
quality of appearing to be true, real, or probable
ancillary
subordinate or supplementary

S: subsidiary
bowdlerize
to remove material considered offensive

S: censor, purge
condescend
to come down or stoop to a lower level, to deal with people in a patronizing manner
cozen
to trick, cheat, or swindle
enclave
an enclosed district, region, or area

S: island, subgroup
forte
a person's strong point

S: gift, specialty
gratis
free
icon
image or picture, symbol

S: idol
interstice
small, narrow space between things

S: gap, slot
macrocosm
the universe considerd as a whole

S: entirety, cosmos
mountebank
trickster or swindler

S: imposter
paean
song of praise, joy, or triumph

S: hymn, ode, anthem
persiflage
lighthearted joking, talk, or writing

S: banter
plethora
overfullness

S: surplus, surfeit, glut, excess
pragmatic
concerned with practical considerations or values

S: down-to-earth, businesslike
quizzical
puzzled, mocking, odd

S: peculiar, perplexed
rapacity
inordinate greed, trying to obtain one's desires by force, extortion, or plunder
schism
formal split within a religious organization

S: rift, breach
therapeutic
having the power to heal or cure

S: curative, salutary
virtuoso
brilliant performer, master, expert, prodigy